Category: External News

RSPCA calls for more transparency from cattle industry on pain relief

The RSPCA calls for more transparency from the cattle industry on its use of pain relief for animal husbandry practices like dehorning and castrating. Source: ABC Livestock RSPCA calls for more transparency from cattle industry on pain relief

Weekly genetics review: Using your MSA Index to guide genetic directions

This week’s column is inspired by discussions with QLD beef producer Bec Burnham on using the MSA index to really start to think about genetics that impact on eating quality. The easy changes are things we can all do, but ahead of this year’s spring bull sales, producers should consider their index values for MSA… Read more »

Weekly kill: Mid-winter grids steady, despite shortening cattle supply

While there has been a modest recovery in rates of slaughter during the first week of July – partly due to tax reasons – volume remains dramatically down on this time last year. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Mid-winter grids steady, despite shortening cattle supply

Hunting dogs shot as pig shooters trespass on farmland

Pastoralists claim pig hunters are regularly trespassing on their land with some even going as far as to use angle grinders to cut security cameras down. Source: ABC Livestock Hunting dogs shot as pig shooters trespass on farmland

Record global cereal production to boost stocks: FAO

World cereal production is poised to reach a new record level of 2790Mt in 2020, surpassing the record-high registered in 2019 by as much as 3.0 per cent, according to the FAO. Source: Grain Central Record global cereal production to boost stocks: FAO

Two Victorian meat facilities detect COVID positives

Two Victorian meat processing facilities have had a staffmember test positive for coronavirus on the weekend, the Victorian Government health department has advised. Pacific Meat, a multi-species boning room at Thomastown, and JBS Australia’s large Brooklyn processing facility have each recorded a single case of COVID-19 among staff. Source: Beef Central Two Victorian meat… Read more »

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – June 2020

With new season calves, some simple calculations can increase your bottom line, while its alo time to be looking at locking prices for September to November turnoff, Chris Howie writes in this month’s analysis of southern market trends and opportunities. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – June 2020

Does McDonald’s Grassfed Beef Burger trial have a future?

Burger giant McDonald’s is remaining tight-lipped about the success, or otherwise, of its recent grassfed burger limited-time offer across the company’s Australian restaurants. Here’s what Beef Central has learned. Source: Beef Central Does McDonald’s Grassfed Beef Burger trial have a future?

Getting more value out of cull cows

Charles  Sturt University research, in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, has shown it’s possible for beef cattle producers to increase live weight, carcase quality and potentially the financial returns from cull cows, by feeding a high energy ration. Source: Beef Central Getting more value out of cull cows

With coronavirus limiting training, the wool industry fears a shearer shortage

Shearing school is in session but only half the usual number of students can attend due to new coronavirus restrictions. Teachers say that won’t be enough to keep the industry afloat. Source: ABC Livestock With coronavirus limiting training, the wool industry fears a shearer shortage

Record first cross ewe price, but clearance rates slip online

SCANNED in-lamb first cross ewes sold to a new record price of $476 on AuctionsPlus last week, but clearance rates and average prices dipped for several categories. Source: Sheep Central Record first cross ewe price, but clearance rates slip online

AWN trades Merino & Co and MerinoSnug brand for expansion

AUSTRALIA’S largest wool broker AWN has sold its Merino & Co and MerinoSnug brand and operation in a joint venture deal with Western Australian-based company AClink. Source: Sheep Central AWN trades Merino & Co and MerinoSnug brand for expansion

New electronic NVD promises an easy, paperless solution

A third-party provider has recently received approval to launch what it describes as a ‘game changing’ electronic National Vendor Declaration platform to help improve Australia’s livestock traceability system. Source: Beef Central New electronic NVD promises an easy, paperless solution

Wool Week face-to-face events cancelled in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA’S Wool Week events in Victoria’s capital Melbourne have been cancelled as COVID-19 disruptions continued in the state. Source: Sheep Central Wool Week face-to-face events cancelled in Melbourne

NSW Young Farmer Business Program expanded

NEW South Wales’ Young Farmer Business Program is being expanded to give more producers an opportunity to work with coach Richard Groom. Source: Sheep Central NSW Young Farmer Business Program expanded

Mulesing contractors query liability under new regulations

CONTRACTORS mulesing sheep in Victoria without pain relief will be potentially liable to prosecution under new state regulations, according to Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Mulesing contractors query liability under new regulations

WoolProducers persists in levy waive call despite legal hurdle

WOOLPRODUCERS Australia is persisting in its call for the Federal Government to consider subsidising the temporary waiving of wool and sheep levies despite a lack of enabling legislation. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers persists in levy waive call despite legal hurdle

Bluetongue virus zone extended south

The bluetongue virus (BTV) transmission zone has been extended approximately 100 kilometres south and inland following detection of BTV in cattle in the Shoalhaven area during routine testing for the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP). Source: Beef Central Bluetongue virus zone extended south

Seasonal conditions to trump global volatility: Rural Bank

The outlook for Australian agriculture looks broadly positive for the second half of the year following a promising start to the season, according to Rural Bank’s mid-year outlook. Source: Grain Central Seasonal conditions to trump global volatility: Rural Bank

Beef Central’s beef quiz – June 2020

Test your beef industry knowledge with Beef Central’s June 2020 quiz Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – June 2020

New ‘extreme weather event’ forecasting tools on the way

A recent webinar drew attention to the specialised resources producers can access to make more informed climate decisions, and five new extreme weather event forecasting tools expected to be available from 2022. Source: Beef Central New ‘extreme weather event’ forecasting tools on the way

Recruitment: The importance of hiring for good cultural fit

Regardless of whether an agribusiness employs one or two staff, or 50, corporate culture defines the collective values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours shared by a group of people who work together. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: The importance of hiring for good cultural fit

Don't worry Brisbane, you won't miss out on your Ekka sundae this year

Four tonnes of strawberries and 10 tonnes of fresh ice-cream will be used to serve up 60,000 iconic Ekka strawberry sundaes at pop-up stalls throughout Brisbane, with DIY packs available for delivery to your workplace too. Source: ABC Livestock Don’t worry Brisbane, you won’t miss out on your Ekka sundae this year

Breeding cattle values under pressure in 19,763 head AuctionsPlus offering

Most young steer and heifer categories were firm to slightly higher on AuctionsPlus this week, while price corrections were observed across breeding cattle descriptions. Overall cattle numbers on AuctionsPlus rose a little, up 402 head to produce an offering of 19,763 head. Source: Beef Central Breeding cattle values under pressure in 19,763 head AuctionsPlus… Read more »

Cluckingham Palace is the chicken coop fit for a queen

More and more animal enthusiasts are adding chooks to their families, and some are even building amazing chicken coops for them to live in. Source: ABC Livestock Cluckingham Palace is the chicken coop fit for a queen

Search starts soon for 2021 Zanda McDonald Award winner

Young industry stakeholders aged 21- 35 who are living and working in the agriculture sector in either Australia or New Zealand are invited to nominate for the 2021 Zanda McDonald Award. Source: Beef Central Search starts soon for 2021 Zanda McDonald Award winner

Composite and terminal sires in demand as wool prices flounder

Composite and terminal sires could be in hot demand this spring as Merino producers consider turning their backs on fibre production. Source: Sheep Central Composite and terminal sires in demand as wool prices flounder

Two directors being sought for SPA board

Nominations have opened for two Sheep Producers Australia board positions, to be decided at this year’s annual general meeting in November. Source: Sheep Central Two directors being sought for SPA board

Science forum seeks solutions to pasture dieback

A recent Pasture Dieback Science Forum was an opportunity for further collaboration among researchers and red meat industry groups as work continues to find solutions to the destructive pasture dieback condition, for which mealybug is the leading suspect. Source: Beef Central Science forum seeks solutions to pasture dieback

New-look logo, website for Droughtmaster breed

Having recently completed a three-year strategic plan, Droughtmaster seedstock producers have this week launched a new breed logo, and updated website. Source: Beef Central New-look logo, website for Droughtmaster breed

Recruitment: The importance of hiring for good cultural fit

Like people, business organisations have personality. Regardless of whether an agribusiness employs one or two staff, or 25, corporate culture defines the collective values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours shared by a group of people who work together. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: The importance of hiring for good cultural fit

Feedgrain Focus: Mostly steady amid reduced demand

Limited selling from traders and growers is supporting prices in most markets, with prompt sorghum delivered Darling Downs and wheat delivered Melbourne the only quoted prices to post significant drops this week. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Mostly steady amid reduced demand

SA Government is considering allowing interstate kangaroo processors

South Australian kangaroo processors are worried a change in industry regulations could put them under pressure or even out of business due to drought and COVID-19. Source: ABC Livestock SA Government is considering allowing interstate kangaroo processors

VIC producers now required to administer pain relief when mulesing

Victorian producers are now required to administer a registered pain-relieving product when mulesing sheep. The new provisions, which come into effect yesterday, have been introduced as part of the state’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019. Source: Sheep Central VIC producers now required to administer pain relief when mulesing

June beef exports continue to drift lower, as cattle supply challenges bite harder

Australia’s June beef exports have continued to show the strain of tight cattle supply, with some key markets well down on trade in earlier months, and this time last year. Other destinations were sharply higher, however. Source: Beef Central June beef exports continue to drift lower, as cattle supply challenges bite harder

Dalby sale 1 July 2020: Southern buyers add competition

Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 4c to 7c/kg better. Yearling heifers experienced only quality related price changes. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 1 July 2020: Southern buyers add competition

Sheep farmer brings home the bacon with bright idea

Victorian sheep farmer Toni Barton’s bright idea of creating “lamb bacon” almost didn’t get off the ground when food standards authorities said her product had to be made from pork. Source: ABC Livestock Sheep farmer brings home the bacon with bright idea

Rain tops up WA winter crop

Handy rains across parts of the Western Australian cropping zone earlier this week have kept the state’s estimated 8.4 million hectares of winter crop ticking along. Source: Grain Central Rain tops up WA winter crop

New National Vendor Declarations now available

SHEEPMEAT, beef and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified… Source: Sheep Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

New National Vendor Declarations now available

Beef, sheepmeat and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified by version number 0720. Source: Beef Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

Tariffs on Australian beef exports to China will rise to 12 percent for the remainder of 2020, as surging beef exports again trigger the country’s Safeguard market protection provisions. Source: Beef Central Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

The cattle market's been on bull run, but that's about to change

With pasture back on the ground, cattle producers are wasting no time restocking and driving the cattle market to new highs, but analysts say it can’t last. Source: ABC Livestock The cattle market’s been on bull run, but that’s about to change

AAM secures premium-quality organic herd from Georgina Pastoral for Terrick

The purchase of 8000 Georgina Gold and Ultrablack females, including approximately 5500 organically certified calves at foot, from Hughes Pastoral Group’s Georgina Pastoral Company has been announced by Australian Livestock Company (ALC). Source: Beef Central AAM secures premium-quality organic herd from Georgina Pastoral for Terrick

'We can't compete with billionaires': Outrage over sale of $30m cattle station

The battle for ownership of a huge cattle station in Australia’s north has angered the area’s native title holders who wanted to buy the property for themselves to protect the culturally significant Fitzroy River. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We can’t compete with billionaires’: Outrage over sale of m cattle station

China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Tariffs on Australian beef into China will jump from less than 5 per cent to 12 per cent for six months, with increases also expected on whole milk powder as preferential tariffs are withdrawn. Source: ABC Livestock China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Gibsons to offload quality St George grazing/farming aggregation

After 16 months of ownership, Western Queensland grazing personality Mick Gibson and family have decided to offload their large-scale Brookdale aggregation mixed grazing and cropping enterprise near St George in the state’s southwest. Source: Beef Central Gibsons to offload quality St George grazing/farming aggregation

'Deadly waiting game': Calicivirus outbreak killing pet rabbits

Gretel Whitting is worried about the threat to her rabbits Sambuca and Malibu after watching calicivirus claim three other pets recently, calling for a vaccine in the midst of Tasmania’s latest outbreak. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Deadly waiting game’: Calicivirus outbreak killing pet rabbits

Wool outstrips price losses among all fibres in 2019-20 year

Wool has taken the greatest hit of all fibre prices in the past financial year, falling 36 percent to the end of June. While fibre prices have fallen across the board, wool’s decline was the biggest with some individual micron prices falling by 57pc. Source: Sheep Central Wool outstrips price losses among all fibres… Read more »

‘Deforestation’ in focus as 2020 deadlines near

2020 is the year many downstream customers of Australia’s beef industry have committed to removing or reducing ‘deforestation’ from their supply chains. At the same time, producers are questioning new definitions of what a ‘forest’ means, Source: Beef Central ‘Deforestation’ in focus as 2020 deadlines near

Getting to the meat of measuring beef sustainability

The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework is a central part of the Australian beef industry’s approach to ensuring consumers understand there is plenty of objective evidence to prove the industry is one they can trust, and also one that is continually looking at how it can improve. Source: Beef Central Getting to the meat of… Read more »

Santa entries power through paddock to palate weight gain phase

The results of the feedlot performance section of the 2020 RNA Paddock to Palate Competition have been released today, with Santa Gertrudis entries from the Bassingthwaite Family from Yarrawonga at Wallumbilla, Gyranda Pastoral Company from Theodore and Jabinda Pastoral Company from Tambo featuring prominently among the winners. Source: Beef Central Santa entries power through… Read more »

Merger rebrands Rural Directions as Pinion Advisory

South Australian company Rural Directions, Tasmania’s Macquarie Franklin and Victorian firm Sunraysia Environmental have merged to create Pinion Advisory. Source: Grain Central Merger rebrands Rural Directions as Pinion Advisory

First-cross ewes set new national record

Ewes from South Australia have set a new Australian record sale price, at a staggering $476 a head. Source: ABC Livestock First-cross ewes set new national record

Pain relief is now mandatory for mulesing in Victoria

As of today, a person must not mules a lamb without using a pain relief product registered for use by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. Source: ABC Livestock Pain relief is now mandatory for mulesing in Victoria

Roma store sale 30 June 2020: Kindee draft highlight of strong market

A good buying panel was present with a continued southern and local restocker presence, and all were operating to strong demand especially on quality local lines. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 30 June 2020: Kindee draft highlight of strong market

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 July 2020

Several cold fronts brought moderate falls to southwest Western Australia, while a trough and low pressure system produced moderate falls in parts of the southeast. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 July 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 July 2020

Several cold fronts brought moderate falls to southwest Western Australia, while a trough and low pressure system produced moderate falls in parts of the southeast. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 July 2020

COVID second wave could impact sheepmeat, wool demand

While a largely recovered Australian dollar explains some of the downward pressure, weak global demand fundamentals for some commodities will be an issue over the coming months, National Australia Bank says in its latest monthly Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Sheep Central COVID second wave could impact sheepmeat, wool demand

Have we listed your 2020 spring bull sale details?

Beef Central is putting the finishing touches on its 2020 spring bull sales calendar, featuring sales fixtures nationwide across all major beef breeds being held between now and December. Is your sale included? Source: Beef Central Have we listed your 2020 spring bull sale details?

Genomic opportunities emerging for commercial Angus breeders

Improvements in genomic or DNA-based technology has now made the prediction of breeding values for commercial Australian Angus animals a reality, stakeholders attending the recent 2020 Angus Connect R&D update heard. Previously, pedigree information was required to understand the relationship between animals, but now genomic technology enabled the relationship between animals to be determined through… Read more »

Record cattle prices face risks amid global pandemic

While a largely recovered Australian dollar explains some of the downward pressure, weak global demand fundamentals for some commodities will be an issue over the coming months, says NAB, in its latest Rural Commodity Wrap. While buying activity is expected to continue as long as it keeps raining, there are substantial risks for the sustainability… Read more »

Weekly kill: QLD cow offers push 20c higher in processor grids

Supply has won the day over demand this week, as some Queensland processors push their cow grids 20c/kg higher in the face of meagre mid-year access to slaughter cattle. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: QLD cow offers push 20c higher in processor grids

Smart-phone based carcase grading camera shows big potential

Rapid advances in smart-phone camera technology is one of the drivers behind the development of a unique objective carcase measurement tool. The feature that sets the new MasterBeef prototype apart from other objective carcase measurement technologies is that it does not rely on specialised or custom-built cameras, mounts or lighting systems, but uses an ‘everyday’… Read more »

Federal Court awards $2.94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

The Brett Cattle Company, the lead applicant in the successful class action against the Federal Government’s June 2011 decision to temporarily suspend cattle exports to Indonesia, will receive almost $3 million in damages, the Federal Court judge ruled on Monday. Source: Beef Central Federal Court awards .94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

New feedmill commissioned, old plants set for redevelopment: Ridley

Ridley commissions its new feedmill near Bendigo in Victoria at an outlay of more than $47m and readies the old Bendigo site and the Goulburn Valley Mooroopna site for redevelopment. Source: Grain Central New feedmill commissioned, old plants set for redevelopment: Ridley

GrainCorp seeks biggest harvest workforce since 2016

As Australia’s biggest bulk handler, GrainCorp is looking for up to 3000 harvest casuals in total to work at sites in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp seeks biggest harvest workforce since 2016

Paltry returns prompt call for review of chicken meat processing

Farm lobby groups want an inquiry into the poultry industry, claiming it is going down the same path as the dairy industry and dollar-a-litre milk. Source: ABC Livestock Paltry returns prompt call for review of chicken meat processing

End of an era for Quoiba saleyard in Tasmania's north-west

The region’s last remaining livestock-selling facility near Devonport holds its last sheep sale, with livestock being shifted to a central facility at Powranna in the northern Midlands. Source: ABC Livestock End of an era for Quoiba saleyard in Tasmania’s north-west

Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

For the first time in more than ten years, the Port of Townsville is being used to export Australian beef to key Asian markets. Source: Beef Central Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

Funding reignites northern fire indicator website

The Federal Government has committed to spending $729,006 to ensure the North Australia & Rangelands Fire Information (NAFI) service can continue through the 2020/21 fire season. Source: Beef Central Funding reignites northern fire indicator website

Agricultural shows to receive $36m lifeline

The Federal Government will fund a $36 million support package for agricultural shows to help them deal with cash flow pressures caused by COVID-19-related cancellations. Source: Beef Central Agricultural shows to receive m lifeline

Nuffield applications open for 2021

Applications for the 2021 Nuffield Scholarship program open from today, providing the opportunity for agriculturalists to research important rural concepts, techniques and systems. Source: Beef Central Nuffield applications open for 2021

WoolProducers seeks temporary halt to wool and sheep levies

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia wants wool and sheep transaction levy collection halted for 12 months from August this year to help producers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers seeks temporary halt to wool and sheep levies

Forward wool market levels trend lower

FORWARD wool markets traded marginally lower last week, with bidding from exporters keen to cover some of the forward sales providing hedge opportunities for growers into the spring. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market levels trend lower

Australian grain industry critical for regional jobs

A new report has revealed a strong correlation between Australian grain production and jobs in regional areas – about one job for every 1000 tonnes of grain produced. Source: Grain Central Australian grain industry critical for regional jobs

New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

The National Wild Dog Action Plan has so far returned a cost-benefit ratio of between 6:1 and 16.5:1 for each dollar invested, stakeholders were told during the launch of the latest 2020-30 updated action plan today. Source: Beef Central New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

The National Wild Dog Action Plan has so far returned a cost-benefit ratio of between 6:1 and 16.5:1 for each dollar invested, stakeholders were told during the launch of the latest 2020-30 updated action plan today. Source: Sheep Central New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

On-the-spot fines not on with new mulesing pain relief rules

VICTORIAN sheep producers will not be issued with ‘on-the-spot’ fines under new regulations that mandate pain relief for mulesing from Wednesday this week. Source: Sheep Central On-the-spot fines not on with new mulesing pain relief rules

Young cattle prices trend down in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Most young cattle categories trended down in price on AuctionsPlus this week, where numbers offered jumped by almost 5000 to 19,361 head. Southern QLD dominated the purchasing, securing 2491 head, followed by Central Western NSW with 1943 head. Source: Beef Central Young cattle prices trend down in larger AuctionsPlus offering